Saturday, March 16, 2013

are you a good gift giver?

Most people love getting thoughtful, personal gifts.  It makes them feel good! So it begs the question...what makes a "good gift"? And how do we become better gift givers? 

Here are five tips that might help improve your gift-giving skills.

1. When selecting a gift, consider the person's hobbies or interests
At my girlfriend's Sip & See, A and I gave her this cute onesie. She and her husband both ride dirt bikes and we know their little girls will grow up riding them too. Plus, the four of us met at a motocross end of season race party so it was completely fitting for us to give this gift. Needless to say, they loved it!

2. Decide how much you want to spend and search for ideas online.
One of my blogger friends was really struggling recently. I wanted to send her a little something to make her laugh as she has a great sense of humor. And I know, all too well, that nothing cures the infertility blues quite like laughter. I found this t-shirt in my online search. It was an unexpected gift that completely brightened her day.

3. Unless you're absolutely sure of the person's clothing taste, purchase gift cards instead of clothing.
There's nothing worse than getting something you'll never wear. You feel guilty that the article of clothing will never be worn and the money spent on it was completely wasted. Gift certificates allow people to select something that suits their style and ensures that it fits properly. 

4. Customize, customize, customize. 
A flask with his initials. Personal stationary. A custom iPhone cover. A photo key chain or travel mug. People love seeing themselves and their loved ones on their everyday items. It is a constant reminder of the love they have in their lives.

5. When selecting the gift, consider the occasion
If someone is celebrating a special time in their life, give them a commemorative gift. Your gift may be the most cherished since it will remind them of this monumental occasion.

Here are some great examples.
A tote for the bride-to-be

An ipad cover for a newbie blogger

You get the picture.

Cafe Press is honestly one of my favorite sites for buying custom gifts that really show you put a lot of thought into the gift you are giving. And isn't that all people really know that you care about them?

What is your favorite gift that you given or received?


Jennifer said...

Great ideas!

Emily said...

I'll take one of those t-shirts please! Oh, and I don't think there is anything wrong with giving gift cards either. It took me forever to convince hubby that this was NOT impersonal, and that people love them. I think we have even hinted enough to his mother that she's started sending us gift cards INSTEAD OF crap we don't want or need! hehe

Love your tips!

LWLH said...

I'm a horrible gift giver, but I'm trying to get better.

Melanie Schultz said...

wonderful advice!!! I, like many people, dislike getting gifts I will never use. Sure, its the "thought that counts" but sometimes I wonder how much "thought" was put into it!

Laura said...

I almost always default to gift cards, but you have given some other great ideas. I need to try to branch out more and give different/more personal gifts!

StacyLee said...

Seriously I really want that t-shirt! Very good tips thanks for sharing!

Kari said...

omgoodness i love that t-shirt..I'm pretty sure I need it! Thanks for making me laugh!! :)

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